PROGRAMME
PRE-CONFERENCE MEETINGS

Wednesday 29 March 2006
12.00 – 17.00  Board meeting
14.00 – 15.30 Secretaries General meeting (I)
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Secretaries General meeting (II)

Thursday 30 March 2006
09.00 – 10.30  Council meeting (I)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 13.00 Council meeting (II)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch (for Council members only)
13.00 – 14.30 Institutional Evaluation Programme Alumni Group meeting
The Institutional Evaluation Programme Alumni Group meeting will discuss European QA policy developments since the Bergen meeting and an example of how the EUA evaluation was used by a university to bring about positive change.


CONFERENCE

Thursday 30 March 2006
14.30 – 15.30  Opening Session
Welcome and introduction to the theme Georg Winckler, EUA President; Rector, University of Vienna, Austria

Higher Education on the move - the university system in Germany
Jörg Dräger, Senator for Science and Health, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany

Philanthropy towards higher education
Jürgen Lüthje, President Universität Hamburg, Germany

15.30 – 16.30 Plenary I - Funding European Higher Education: the Context
Plenary session I will set the scene with regard to the current situation in European higher education funding and the challenges ahead if Europe is to meet its goals of developing innovative, competitive and sustainable knowledge societies. The institutional perspective will outline how these major policy issues affect universities, with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities for universities' sustainable development.

Sustaining universities in a competitive Europe of Knowledge:
The drivers of change

  • André Sapir, Professor of Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics, Belgium; Chairman of the High-Level Study Group 2002-2003 author of the report  “An Agenda for a Growing Europe”, July 2003
  • Alan Gilbert, Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Discussion with participants

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 – 18.30 Plenary II - Increasing Access and Funding: The Challenge for Public Higher Education

Panel:  Financing Access to Higher Education: Exploring Diverse Models
This panel will offer a comparative overview and statements regarding the questions of increased student participation and its relation with tuition fees and student support systems. Panelists will discuss affordability, social and private benefits of higher education studies as well as related media driven values and perceptions in societies.

Comparative perspective

  • Hans Vossensteyn, Senior Researcher, Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Maureen Woodhall, Emeritus Reader in Education Finance, Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom; Member of the International Advisory Board of the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project, State University of New York at Buffalo, United States (tbc)

Respondents

  • Tadeusz Luty, Rector of Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland ; President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland
  • ESIB Representative
  • Government Representative

Discussion with participants

18.30 – 20.00 Welcome Buffet Reception
20.00 – 21.00 Concert

Friday 31 March 2006
08.30 – 10.00 
Structures
Plenary III - Financial Sustainability: Challenging Traditions, Reforming

Plenary session III will address the sustainability of higher education finances, look at costing activities and examine how the necessary reforms impact on leadership and management at the level of the entire institution.
  • Jim Port, Managing Director, JM Consulting Ltd; Author of the report of the OECD/IMHE-HEFCE project on Financial Management and Governance of Higher Education Institutions: ---On the Edge: Securing a Sustainable Future for Higher Education---, 2004
  • Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Rector, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Christoph Badelt, Rector, University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria; President, Austrian Rectors’ Conference (tbc)
Discussion with participants

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 – 12.00 Work Group Session I

Work Group sessions I and II propose the same themes for discussion with a different focus.

Generating Sustainable Revenue Streams (4 groups) In these 4 work groups, cases and examples will be presented which will address: policies, objectives, issues of implementation in terms of management and culture, impact, and skills requirements where appropriate.

WG1    Impact of tuition fees (institutional support systems)
WG2    Fundraising (campaigns)
WG3    Alumni
WG4    Revenue-generating activities (professional continuous education)

WG 5 & 6  Managing Diversified Funding: Challenges for Institutional Governance

These 2 groups will each address the following issues: Building a funding strategy at institutional level; Working with diverse funders/stakeholders; Introducing transparency in costing and accounting; Acquiring the necessary new skills and competences


12.30 – 14.00 Town Hall Reception and Lunch

14.30 –15.30 Plenary IV - Financial Sustainability: Reflecting on the Role of University Leadership

In Plenary session IV, three rectors will discuss their perspectives of the role of leadership in assuring the financial sustainability of higher education institutions.

15.30 – 17.30 EUA General Assembly 2006
19.00 – 20.00 Bus and boat ride on the Elbe
20.00 – 23.00 Gourmet Buffet Dinner

Saturday 01 April 2006
09.00 – 09.45  Plenary V - The Role of Private Sector Investment in Higher Education

In most European countries private investment and involvement in higher education is still rather low. This plenary will address the questions of why and in which way private stakeholders should invest in the sustainability of higher education institutions..
  • Arend Oetker, President, Stifterverband, Germany
  • Discussion with participants
09.45 – 11.00 Work Group Session II

Work Group sessions I and II propose the same themes for discussion although with a different focus. Generating Sustainable Revenue Streams (4 groups) In these 4 work groups, cases and examples will be presented which will address: policies, objectives, issues of implementation in terms of management and culture, impact, and skills requirements where appropriate. WG7    Impact of tuition fees (use of tuition fees)
WG8    Fundraising (endowments, capital grants)
WG9    Alumni
WG10   Revenue-generating activities (patents and IPR)

WG 11 & 12 Managing Diversified Funding: Challenges for Institutional Governance

These 2 groups will each address the following issues:
Building a funding strategy at institutional level; Working with diverse funders/stakeholders; Introducing transparency in costing and accounting; Acquiring the necessary new skills and competences


11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 Closing Plenary

Chair: Georg Winckler, EUA President; Rector, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Presentation of the EUA Finance Project
  • The Changing Roles of the State and the Universities as Partners in Higher Education Claude Allègre, Member of the French Science Academy, Professor at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Former Minister for Education, Research and Technology, France
  • Closing Remarks of the EUA President
  • Invitation to the next EUA Autumn Conference 2006
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch